Alan Dunlop's comments
"We men wi big windeas" of course. Sorry for the lazy typo: big banana fingers; small android keyboard.
That's true Robert it would be good to see a floor plan. But what is a tenement other than repetition of street front elevation and form? Jack Coia's definition of Glasgow as wee men wi big widindows no longer applies floor to ceiling heights have reduced and I would imagine parking numbers for this area is set in planning regulations. I'm sure the architect would have non within the inner space if possible.
Daft thing to say Hamish, don't you think, without explaining why? It would be like me saying for Alexander Kirkland it would be a labour of love. Alexandra Road and the Dunboyne Estae would be as incongruous in Govan and on this site as this would be in Campden. Seems to me there are shared and compatible ideas, in this case a modern version of Glasgow's traditional housing stock, urbanism and context. But I'm no Neave Brown expert, but you obviously are.
No need to despair, come to Glasgow and view our Victorian tenement housing. Remarkably, little attention given to orientation, sun path or setting context. It was the street that was more important. If you know the location here, you must know this is a clever response. If you don't, well your comment is not rational.
That's true Robert and for a second there I thought we were commenting on architecture, at last, rather than the shenanigans of those at the RIBA. Until I read your last sentence. Hufeisensiedlung provides us a clue.
This degree of formality and rigour is absolutely what is required for this site. The reference to Ibrox is not about precedent and inspiration but for me a refusal to be intimidated or diminished by the hulking mass of Ra Big Hoose that has dominated Govan for over a century.
My guess is that most rational, forward looking and those with positive intent will see its merits.
At last a housing project that brings to mind the scale and boldness of Glasgow's rich Victorian housing stock. It even squares up to "Ra Big Hoose" across the road. Dutch, Berlin housing too. Excellent. good luck with it.
This is also being debated in Scotland. I did an interview on BBC, Thursday news along similar lines and on why it is not a good idea to compartmentalise schools and it never will be..... but it would be possible with offices and other commercial premises.
The way forward with schools, during this covid crisis, is to reduce classroom numbers, control access, extend the school week and reduce holidays, particularly the summer six to eight weeks. It's not really a design nor architecture issue.
These are great, bold colour and tonal combinations..... this is great too " we need to emphasis thinking through drawing and sketching as a way to explore ideas."
Excellent line, great draught( wo)manship and skill, love the Royal Court Theatre particularly, with biker and red telephone boxes.
The only viable option would be to expand the school week, as in other parts of Europe and some places in Asia, to facilitate a rota of children, teachers and parents. This would ensure smaller class numbers, maintain the required social distancing and maximise the use of buildings without alteration. However, I can foresee resistance from vested interests, such as teachers and their unions.
Clearly this is an enormous social challenge but if there are to be long term strategic changes to how we work, teach and socialise then it is imperative that architects be involved from the outset, not only to provide their specific design and planning skills but also to challenge any group think coming from policy makers. If there is a decision to go ahead with retrofitting schools and other public places then architects need to be included.
"..pleasure of going back 10, 20, 30 years and enjoy a personal record of that journey." That's it Mario, apart from the pleasure gained, a sketchbook is like a time machine, it takes you right back to the time when you made the drawing, instantly more than any photograph.
David, thank you.
I've seen your drawings Paul and like them very much indeed and I know you're a gifted draughtsman. The difference in style and approach, in comparison to my own, is very appealing.
That's very kind of you to say so Oscar, I appreciate it. Thank you.
Architecture has an unequivocal social aspect, it can't be taught by rote. The subject demands critical engagement, one to one tutor teaching, group and peer review and collective participation. That's how students in architecture learn and that's why I insist my students work together in the studio. Only so much can be gathered from limited interaction and through remote learning.
Simpson and Brown, you say. What a well executed, contextual and quite beautiful project. Phillips Exeter library, de blacam and meagher trinity, and GKC come to mind.
Yes indeed, nice work from a talented practice. Lovely drawings and models
A number of genuinely, extraordinary projects listed here.
Hello Robert, I have documentation, reports and feasibility studies commissioned by the Norwegian government regarding the Norwegian Coastal Highway. The are quite incredible publications, covering extensively engineering, design, structure, timelines and also the possibility of cargo and passenger ships passing through the corridor and likelihood colliding with the pontoons and solutions. They accept that however unlikely it may happen. But the work to the coastal highway is continuing.
V. interesting position Rory. Congratulations and good luck with it.
Beautiful water colour of a frankly graceless building.
Very sad indeed. Students and fellow travellers in architecture if you want to know how to devise, make, draw and create a convincing plan and section have a look at ABK. Any project really.
I'm happy to look at that too. Chlorinated chicken eh ? Yum yum. But hormone injected beef..you've taken that too far.
.....and surprising. "Greek ship owners bathroom 1970" is the President's usual style preference.
Not often? Really? I find that very hard to believe.
Yes, I believe so. Anyone interested in context, setting and in Edinburgh should put "Ribbon Hotel Edinburgh" in any search engine and compare.
It's no surprise that the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland objected, that organisation is still rooted in the 18th century. The idea that Chipperfield's concert hall would "tower over" Dundas House was ridiculous. It's difficult to imagine a concert hall more respectful of its context and setting or a team more capable of delivering a world class venue..
However, I thought that Nuveen Real Estate's primary objection concerned service access, but apparently, according to the Times it's so that a 360 degree view from their ribbon hotel can be preserved. Not only surprising but bizarre given that it's difficult to imagine a building less respectful of its setting and context, ,y,know in my view .
Excellent. Great architect, v. talented practice team. Good luck
Moxon studio tour: ‘Being client, architect and contractor on the project gave us a huge amount of freedom’
Beautiful work, clear drawings, well considered plan, clever details. Inspirational stuff. In Scotland too, gets better and better.
Scruton was a clever man, insightful, thoughtful and often inspirational- a true intellect and a rare thing. Although you may disagree with his views, his writing was a pleasure to read. Like others, Jordan Petersen, Douglas Murray, Lionel Shriver and Brendan O'Neill included he was maligned, usually by those unwilling or unable to read his work.
I agreed with much of his thoughts on architecture, particularly his view on soullessness, a lack of sense of place and starchitecture.
Bridgeit: Get it Done.
Politics, ( dislike of Boris Johnson and DUP ) and economics ( ask two economists, get three answers) aside, the architectural and engineering question is: can it be done?
The answer is yes.
Yes, I agree Robert, the terrain is challenging. But if you have time, take a look at the video of the Norwegian Coastal Highway in this recent feature from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from just a few weeks back
The crossing most challenging terrain in northern Europe. Then say it's not possible. A £35 billion investment in transport infrastructure in a country with a population of 5 million.
Mmm.....I understand the point you're making Chris and I agree judging by the selected photograph above the staircase does appear rather stark and uncompromising. However, in reality, it did not strike me at all as being a risk. In fact, throughout the project, access for all and circulation has been very well considered and significantly improved. With high levels of natural light throughout.
I think you'll find I said as much, Laura
"Collective Architecture was named Architect of the Year in the 2018 AJ Architecture Awards, an accolade that was well deserved. The practice is demonstrably capable of impressive new-build work. However, what deserves particular recognition is its long-standing commitment to community engagement; its capacity to listen to and work with local people to improve their environment and lives."
China is in the process of developing track changing trains, Robert to handle variable gauges. Coping with cross border variable rail gauges would be the least challenging aspect of this whole endeavour, I believe.
I did an extensive interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last week. It's now published here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-26/boris-johnson-is-building-bridges-between-a-fracturing-uk/11630656
If interested, there are also good links.
A political distraction....really? Damn it! Well spotted, Number.
Steady, Number ...steady. You've taken that too far.
There are many countries Robert, that have variable gauges and still operate cross border systems. Spain and France, Portugal and Spain, Finland and Sweden, Finland and Russia, Russia, Mongolia and China, are a few. South America too.
Number, must you always be a dick?
It might be of interest, or maybe not.
Grafton Architects, with are among a group of exceptional Irish architects of international acclaim. Thoughtful, poetic, sensitive to context and passionate .
I was commissioned by The Irish Times to write about Irish architecture almost 20 years ago and compare it to Scotland.
Other buildings of interest include those of Shane O'Toole, Paul Keogh, Grafton Architects and Shay Cleary Architects. Their projects are small-scale but well defined. What is most satisfying about their buildings is that they do not sit in isolation but each contributes towards the success of the other. The scale, material and detail, is consistent and restrained. The buildings are contextual and Irish."
What's persuaded you then, a retired engineer still working in feet and inches with a obvious Johnson man crush? That'll do it. But not yet not convinced that a non conventional structure will not, not work? No kidding.
I know, I know........just one damn thing after another.
Sincere best wishes Malcolm and Robin, in all future endeavours.
Another gauge eh, Kevan Shaw?........Blimey who'd have thought it. 20 months of work down the tubes.
Laugh? Gordon Gibb. I nearly laid an egg As for it never being built, you could well be right. Like Kevan's startling revelation, that's taken me completely by surprise. A populist idea to buy votes, eh? Crumbs. I'll tell that now to the calls, messages, reporters and emails I've been answering all day.
Jim, my comments after the fire, were primarily on what should happen next and in trying to provoke a public debate on the future of the building, with a call to consider a competition for a new building and not to just replicate Mackintosh's original design which cannot be done.
It was not to discover who was to blame.
However, the revelations uncovered in the last few months, including the "row" between Tom Inns and Muriel Gray, and questions over his departure, but also the resignation of so many staff and now the the GSA finance director Alistair Milloy, with added questions over funding and insurances still to be fully answered I believe it is time for a full enquiry.
I've no doubt that the scheme is a deserved winner, but as you seem to know a good deal about the project, what then is concept that has driven the red glazed drum?
I'm genuinely interested particularly as the architect uses a similar red at the V+A and it seems to be splashed throughout their website; on graphics, headings, carpets, doors and furniture. Rather than a radical interpretation of the brief, It could be interpreted as corporate signposting and in the context of this setting, frankly, brusque.
What's that redical red glazed hall all about then?